BJP Arrogant Enough to Sit in Oppn But Won’t Honour Promises: Sena

Amid deadlock over the government formation in Maharashtra, Sanjay Raut on Monday, 11 November said that the BJP was “arrogant” enough to sit in the Opposition but wasn’t willing to honour promises made before the Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP on Sunday refused to stake claim to the government in the state, following which Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited Shiv Sena to indicate their willingness to form the government in the state.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Monday announced his resignation as Union Minister (Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises).

  • Governor Koshyari on Sunday, 10 November invited BJP to stake claim
  • Devendra Fadnavis is the caretaker CM of the state
  • Sena claims that they had decided on a ‘50:50’ power-sharing arrangement with BJP before the polls
  • BJP won 105 seats, while Shiv Sena won 56 in the Assembly elections
  • Opposition Congress won 44 seats, while NCP won 54

Sanjay Raut Addresses Media

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday, 11 November said that the BJP was “arrogant” enough to sit in the Opposition but wasn’t willing to honour promises made before the Lok Sabha polls.

“It is BJP's arrogance that they are refusing to form government in Maharashtra. It is an insult to the people of Maharashtra. They are willing to sit in opposition, but they are reluctant to follow the 50-50 formula, for which they agreed before polls,” he said.

Sonia to Chair CWC Over Maharashtra Situation.

Congress has called a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi, over the political situation in Maharashtra.

BJP Core Group Meeting At Fadnavis' Residence

BJP core group meeting to be held today at the residence of Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai.

Sena Union Minister Arvind Sawant Resigns

Union Minister (Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises) and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant resigns from the post.

Shiv Sena Leaders Milind Narvekar & Anil Desai Leave From Matoshree

Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar & Anil Desai left from Matoshree, the residence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray.

On Sunday, 10 November, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had asked Shiv Sena to indicate willingness & ability of the party to form the government in Maharashtra.

BJP Has Dishonoured People's Mandate in Maharashtra: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot said that the BJP has dishonoured the mandate of the people of Maharashtra by its failure to form government in the state even after 15 days of the elections result.

Pilot, who visited Jodhpur today, said the BJP had not been given the mandate for politicking.

“Despite a pre-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena, the BJP has not been able to form the government in Maharashtra and by doing so, the party has dishonoured the mandate of the people of the state,” he said, reported PTI.

Aaditya Thackeray, Other Sena Leaders Arrive at Matoshree

Aaditya Thackeray and other Shiv Sena leaders have arrived at Matoshree (Thackeray’s residence), reported ANI.

Guv Koshyari Invites Sena to Form Govt by 11 Nov

Office of Maharashtra Governor has stated, “Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the leader of elected members of the second largest party, the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra by 7:30 PM on 11 November.”

'If Sena Wants Our Support, They Must Pull Out of NDA': Nawab Malik

NCP’s Nawab Malik said, “If Governor invites Shiv Sena to stake claim to form government then we will think about our next step. Till now, we haven't received any proposal from Shiv Sena. The final decision will be taken by Congress and NCP together as declared by Pawar Sahab,” reported ANI.

He added, “We have called a meeting of our MLAs on 12 November. If Shiv Sena wants our support, they will have to declare that they have no relation with BJP and they should pull out from National Democratic Alliance (NDA). All their ministers will have to resign from Union Cabinet.”

'After Every Election, BJP Tries to Claim Power In Many Ways': NCP MP

Majeed Memon, NCP MP said, “At the moment, we are a point where the single largest party was invited by the party as per the constitutional obligations, now they have conceded, because they fell short of the numbers. In Karnataka too, a similar thing had happened where they could not reach the desirable number.”

He added, “Three days ago, Sharad Pawar said that BJP, after every election has tried to claim power by hook or by crook,” reported Times Now.

'Cong Doesn't Want President's Rule in Maha': Ashok Chavan

“Congress does not want President's rule in Maharashtra,” said Ashok Chavan, the President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).

He added, “Congress MLAs will seek advice of the party high-command on its future political stand in Maharashtra. I am of the view of a stable government in Maharashtra,” reported PTI.

Chavan has however said that nothing has been decided yet and there are discussing their options.

'As Uddhav Thackeray Said, CM Will Be From Sena': Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena said, “Party chief Uddhav Thackeray clearly said today that Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena. If Uddhav ji has said so, then it means that there will be CM from Shiv Sena, at any cost,” reported ANI.

‘BJP Will Not Form the Govt in Maharashtra’: Chandrakant Patil

Maharashtra BJP president, Chandrakant Patil after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, “We will not form government in the state. Shiv Sena has betrayed the mandate, they can go ahead and stake claim if they have numbers,” reported ANI.

“Good luck to the Shiv Sena if it wants to form government in Maharashtra with the support of the Congress and NCP,” he added, reported PTI.

Fadnavis Along With Other BJP Leaders Arrive at Raj Bhavan

Acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP leaders have arrived at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, reported ANI.

Cong Has Accepted People Mandate in Maharashtra: Mallikarjun Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the party has accepted the public mandate to it to sit in the opposition in Maharashtra.

He said, “People have given the mandate that we have to sit in the opposition and we accept it. Now it is for the party high command to take a decision, we have left it on the party's high command,” reported PTI.

'Sena's Support Needed, But It Would be Fatal for Cong-NCP': Sanjay Nirupam

Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam on the government formation said, “Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra is only an imagination. If we want to convert that imagination into reality, it won't be possible without Shiv Sena's support and if we take Shiv Sena's support, it will be fatal for Congress,” reported ANI.

BJP to Meet Again at 4pm to Decide on Governor's Invitation to Stake Claim

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Sunday, 10 November, after BJP Core Committee meeting at the residence of Devendra Fadnavis said that the party will meet at 4pm again on Sunday to take a decision on Governor’s invitation.

He said, “Governor has invited BJP to form the government because we are the single largest party. We will meet at 4 pm again today and take the decision on governor's invitation,” ANI reported.

'Congress Is Not Our Enemy': Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday, 10 November, in his column published in Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna, took a dig at BJP. He wrote,“Hitler is dead and the looming slavery has vanished,” The Indian Express reported.

Praising the Congress, he acknowledged that there might be some differences with party on national issues, “but we agree on some issues too.”

He said, “Congress is not our enemy… if Congress leaders are positive about supporting the Shiv Sena, the people of Maharashtra will welcome it whole-heartedly,” The Indian Express reported.

“Who is tom-tomming about morality? Those who commit adultery every day, are trying to impart lessons in ethical behaviour. They believe that people’s brains have become paralysed. This is their misconception…,” he said on Fadnavis’ attack on the Shiv Sena for remarks on PM Modi.

He further went on to say, “The politics of Maharashtra should remain in Maharashtra only. Maharashtra is not a slave of Delhi.”

Uddhav Thackeray Arrives at Hotel Retreat to Meet Party MLAs

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Hotel Retreat in Madh, Malad West to meet party MLAs, ANI reported.

Maha Guv Should Invite NCP-Congress: Milind Deora

Congress leader Milind Deora on Sunday, 10 November, said that the Maharashtra Governor should now invite the second largest alliance of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to form the government in Maharashtra as the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has refused to do so.

Posters Claiming Maharashtra Needs Uddhav as CM Put Outside Matoshree

A poster claiming that Maharashtra needs Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray as the next chief minister has been put up outside Matoshreee, Thackeray’s residence in Mumbai.

The poster reads: “Maharashtra needs Uddhav Thackeray as CM.’

Fadnavis Holds Meet to Decide on Staking Claim

Devendra Fadnavis holds a meet with the Maharashtra BJP's core committee to decide whether the party will stake claim to form the government

Will Declare Strategy if BJP Fails to Stake Claim: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday, 10 November, said his party would declare its next strategy once no one else is able to form government in Maharashtra.

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Raut said his party welcomes the decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to invite the BJP to form government in the state.

"Now, with the governor's intervention, we hope the state will get a government," he said.

"The single largest party had to be called. We fail to understand why the BJP did not stake claim in 24 hours (after results) if it was confident that it had the majority," the Rajya Sabha member said.

On the Shiv Sena's future course of action, Raut said, "Let the picture be clear on the first step by governor. The Shiv Sena will declare its strategy if no one else is able to form the government."

He said Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will be meeting the party MLAs at 12.30 pm on Sunday.

Shiv Sena Welcomes Governor's Decision

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Saturday that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to ask the BJP to indicate its willingness to form government was a welcome step.

The decision follows laid-down procedure and the Shiv Sena welcomes it, Raut told PTI.

"At least the governor has begun the process of exploring for government formation. The BJP is the single largest party and the rightful claimant to form government first," Raut said.

NCP Will Vote Against BJP During Floor Test: Malik

The NCP on Saturday said the governor's decision has come late, and it would vote against the BJP if there is a floor test.

"The Governor has initiated the process late. He should have done it earlier," Malik said in his reaction.

The governor should ensure that the BJP has the numbers to prove its majority, and also see that there is no horse-trading if the BJP decides to take a floor test, the NCP spokesperson said.

"The NCP will vote against the BJP in case it comes to floor test. The NCP will think of an alternative if the Shiv Sena votes against the BJP on the floor of the House and the government collapses," the Mumbai NCP chief added.

Maharashtra Governor Invites BJP to Form Government

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday evening asked the BJP, the single largest party in the state, to "indicate willingness and ability" to form government.

The BJP's core committee will meet on Sunday and decide the future course of action, party leader Chandrakant Patil said. Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni had met Governor Koshyari at Raj Bhavan earlier in the day, sources said.

"We have just received the letter from the governor," Chandrakant Patil, who is state BJP president, told PTI, "Our core committee will meet tomorrow and discuss the future course of action," he added.

"Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on October 21 and the results were declared on October 24. However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the government," the statement from Raj Bhavan said.

"The Governor has therefore decided to explore the possibility of formation of Government and today asked the leader of the elected members of the single largest party, that is BJP, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government," it further said.

After Maha CM Resigns, Wife Praises 'Decision and Stance'

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' wife Amruta said she was proud of his “decision and stance” after he tendered his resignation from the top post.

After CM Resigns, Maha Cong Leaders Meet Pawar

Hours after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister amid continuing impasse over power-sharing talks with ally Shiv Sena, Congress leaders met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence in Mumbai.

Speaking to the media after the meeting at Pawar's residence ‘Silver Oak’, state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said his party and NCP had not taken any decision about their strategy.

“All eyes are now on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari,” he said, adding that the governor should follow the set precedents in the current situation, reported PTI.

NCP Hits out at Maha CM's Post-Resignation Remark on Retaining Power

The NCP asked why the acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis did not stake claim to form government before Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari when he could talk about retaining power during a press briefing in Mumbai.

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said it implied the BJP will resort to poaching.

(Source: PTI)

'BJP-Sena May Still Come Together to Form Maha Govt': Patil

The BJP and Shiv Sena have not announced snapping of ties yet and they may still come together to form government in the state, NCP's Maharashtra unit chief Jayant Patil said in Mumbai.

Patil reiterated the NCP will sit in the opposition, reported PTI.

Maha Incident Shows How Cong Govt Dislodged in Karnataka: Gehlot

Amid rumours of Maharashtra Congress MLAs heading to the state to thwart a “poaching bid” by the BJP, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said it has showed how their government in Karnataka was dislodged and the saffron party came into power in Manipur and Goa.

“The circumstances that BJP has created in the country, including Goa and Manipur. Congress had the mandate but the BJP formed the government. What was done to dislodge the government in Karnataka...Now everyone is exposed,” Gehlot told reporters, welcoming Congress legislators to the state, reported PTI.

'Told Shah About 50:50 Formula': Thackeray Counters Fadnavis

After Devendra Fadnavis resigned as the state’s chief minister on Friday, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said, “For the first time, somebody has called the Thackeray family a lair.”

Uddhav added, “We had never closed the doors for discussion, BJP lied to us so we did not talk to them. We have not yet held talks with the NCP.”

Talking about his father, he said, “I have to fulfil the promise made to my father Balasaheb Thackeray to have a Chief Minister of Shiv Sena.”

'Best Wishes to Fadnavis If He Thinks BJP Will Form Govt': Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Best wishes to Fadnavis if he thinks there will be a BJP government under him again.”

He added, “Shiv Sena also can form government if it wants and install its Chief Minister in Maharashtra,” reported PTI.

'Sena 100% Responsible for Failing of Talks, Didn't Pick My Calls': Fadnavis

After resigning from the post of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis said, “Shiv Sena is 100 percent responsible for failing of talks, they did not take my calls. They stopped the discussion. Alliance is not broken yet, neither they announced nor us. Our parties are still together in Centre.”

He added, “I have a very close relationship with Uddhav Thackeray and it will continue, I called him up many times but he has not responded yet.”

'Other Parties' Must Help Cong-NCP to Form Maha Govt: Shivraj

Senior Congress leader Shivraj Patil asked “other parties” to support the Congress and NCP in forming the next government in Maharashtra and end the fortnight-long deadlock.

Patil, a former Lok Sabha speaker, however, said the Congress and NCP may not agree to such an arrangement.

“There is only one way to handle the (current) situation in Maharashtra. The other parties should tell the Congress and NCP that they will support the Congress and NCP in government formation,” reported PTI.

Maharashtra Power Tussle: Fadnavis Resigns as His First Term Ends

Devendra Fadnavis has resigned from the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister as his term concludes.

“No Decision was taken on rotating Chief Minister's post for 2.5 years with Shiv Sena," he added.

He further said, “It's unfortunate the way they have spoken about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a leader who has been accepted worldwide. This has hurt us.”

Sena to Lodge Its MLAs in Mumbai Hotel Till 15 Nov

Shiv Sena will lodge its MLAs at Hotel Retreat in Madh, Malad West, till 15 November. The party has written to Mumbai Police Commissioner requesting security arrangements, reported ANI.

Sanjay Raut Arrives at Sharad Pawar's Mumbai Residence

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has arrived at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai, reported ANI.

'President's Rule? Maybe, But No Fresh Polls in Maha': Pawar

On Friday, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said on the Maharashtra tangle that there might be President's Rule but fresh polls will not be conducted.

“President's Rule, maybe, but no fresh polls in Maharashtra anytime soon,” he commented, PTI reported.

Pawar said that people gave "clear-cut" mandate to BJP-Shiv Sena and their allies. He further questioned, “For how long can President, Governor wait? They will have to take some decision,” PTI reported.

RPI Chief Ramdas Athawale met Pawar on Friday and sought advice of the NCP Chief on the government formation tangle.

Uddhav Thackeray to Meet Party MLAs at Hotel Rangsharda on Friday

Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu said that Party Chief Uddhav Thackeray will meet party MLAs at Hotel Rangsharda in Mumbai, later on Friday, ANI reported.

‘CM Post, Equal Power Sharing Never Discussed With Sena’: Gadkari

Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Friday said there had been no deal between his party and the Shiv Sena over equal distribution of portfolios, including sharing the post of chief minister, PTI reported.

The former BJP president had first indicated he would not intervene to break the deadlock between his party and the Shiv Sena over sharing power in Maharashtra.

However, speaking to reporters he said, "As per my information, there was no deal between the BJP and the Shiv Sena over equal sharing of portfolios in Maharashtra,” he said.

"Even the late Balasaheb Thackeray had once stressed on the arrangement between Shiv Sena-BJP that the party having more number of elected legislators will have a claim on the post of chief minister," he added.

'Prove Horse-trading Claims or Apologise,' Says BJP

Reacting to the allegation of horse-trading by the BJP, party leader and state minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that Congress and NCP should apologise.

“Congress and NCP have made allegations of horse trading against us, they should prove this charge within 48 hours or apologise to the people of Maharashtra,” he said.

Gadkari in Mumbai, But Won't Meet Uddhav

Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, who arrived in Mumbai on Friday, indicated he will not intervene to break the deadlock between his party and the Shiv Sena over sharing power in Maharashtra.

Gadkari's visit triggered speculation in political circles that he may step in to break the fortnight-long BJP- Sena logjam over sharing the chief minister's post, which is delaying government formation in the state.

When contacted by reporters, Gadkari said, "I am not meeting any politician today. I am here to attend a public function today evening."

BJP Pushing Maharashtra Towards President's Rule: NCP

The NCP accused the BJP of pushing the state towards President's rule and wanting to run it through Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA constituent's chief Amit Shah.

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also said the people of Maharashtra will not tolerate this “insult” of the state.

He added history shows the state doesn't bow before the “throne of Delhi”.

BJP Should Approach Sena Only on the Issue of CM: Raut

The BJP should approach the Shiv Sena only if it agrees to share the chief minister's post with the junior saffron ally in Maharashtra, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Friday.

Talking to reporters, he said the BJP should not misuse the provision of "caretaker" government and remain in power in Maharashtra, where there is an impasse over the next dispensation.

To a question on Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari's trip to Mumbai and possibility of him visiting 'Matoshree' (the residence of Thackerays) to break the logam over government formation, Raut said the BJP should approach the Sena only if it is willing to share the CM post.

Rs 25-50 Crores Being Offered to MLAs: Congress

Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar on Friday alleged that sums of "Rs 25 crore to Rs 50 crore" were being offered to MLAs to switch sides in Maharashtra.

He claimed Congress MLAs, too, have been contacted over the phone with such offers.

The Leader of Opposition in the outgoing Assembly said the Shiv Sena has claimed one of its MLAs was offered Rs 50 crore to switch sides.

"Our MLAs are also being contacted. Attempts are being made to lure away MLAs with offers of Rs 25 to Rs 50 crore," he alleged while talking to reporters.

"We have told our MLAs to record such calls so that people of the state know about them," he said.

Maharashtra Congress MLAs to Meet Amid Impasse

As the impasse over government formation continued in Maharashtra, the Congress has convened a meeting of its newly-elected MLAs on Friday amid speculation that they may be shifted to Jaipur.

State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and other senior leaders will be present at the meeting which will take place around 10.30 am, party sources said.

They said all the 44 Congress MLAs will attend the meet, which is expected to discuss the prevailing political situation in Maharashtra where there is no sign of the new government even two weeks after declaration of polls results.

The party is exercising caution due to the possibility of defection from its legislative wing, the sources said.

Speculation is rife that the Congress legislators may be shifted to Jaipur, but the sources did not confirm any such move.

Sanjay Raut Addresses Media Amid Govt Formation Deadlock

‘Sena Has An Alternative’: Raut on Maha Government Formation

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, while addressing the media on Thursday, 7 November, said that they have an “alternative” on government formation in Maharashtra. He said that Sena will not break their alliance with the BJP and added that BJP has “failed" the people of Maharashtra.

“It's not true that we are keeping all the MLAs under house arrest. We want them to be together in case they have to go somewhere together. Our MLAs are not under any kind of threat. Pressure tactics would not threaten us,” he said while talking about MLAs allegedly being put under house arrest.

He further said the BJP is pushing the state into President’s Rule. "Obvious that BJP is not able to prove its majority. They are trying to push the state into president's rule."
He said that the instability is because of the BJP. “We are firm on our decision, Sena CM will give stability to the state,” he added.

He asserted the state needs a government as soon as possible and power to that government will be given by the CM of Shiv Sena. “Leaders across parties have expressed that Shiv Sena should lead the state,” he added.

Raut said, “Shiv Sena MLAs have backed Uddhav Thackeray, whatever decision he takes will be final.”

BJP Signals Delay in Govt Formation

Following a meeting of a BJP delegation with Maharashtra governor, party leader Chandrakant Patil told the media that "legal angles" of delay in government formation were discussed.

Patil admitted that it is taking "more than normal" time to forge a ruling alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena.

Apprised Governor of the Political Situation: Chandrakant Patil

A BJP delegation met Maharashtra governor on Thursday

BJP leader and state minister Chandrakant Patil addressed the media after meeting Governor Koshyari and said that the party had apprised him over the current political scenario and discussed possible future strategies.

Shiv Sena MLAs to be Put Up in Hotel

Following a meeting with party chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena MLAs have decided to put up in a hotel in Mumbai.

“We will be staying at Hotel Rangsharda for next 2 days. We will do whatever Uddhav Sahab asks us to do,” party MLA Gulabrao Patil told the media after the meeting.

BJP Delegation Arrives at Raj Bhavan

A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party arrives at Raj Bhawan in Mumbai.

‘Fadnavis Should Lead Govt’, Says Gadkari

Commenting on the ongoing power tussle in Maharashtra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the next government should be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis.

“There will be a decision soon. Government in Maharashtra should be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis Ji;,RSS and Mohan Bhagwat Ji have no connection with this,” he said.

“No question of me returning to Maharashtra, I will continue to work in Delhi,” he added.

Shiv Sena MLAs Arrive at Matoshree to Meet Uddhav

Shiv Sena leaders arrived at Matoshree for a meeting with party chief Uddhav Thackeray.

'Want To Form Govt with Sena': Sudhir Mungantiwar

BJP leader and state minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the party wants to form an alliance with the Sena.

“We want to run a strong and stable government, we wish to form the Govt with Shiv Sena. Uddhav ji had himself said earlier that Devendra Fadnavis ji is also a Shiv Sainik,” he said.

Sanjay Raut Refutes Reports of Sena MLAs Being Taken to Trident Hotel

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut refuted reports of the party MLAs being taken to Mumbai’s Trident Hotel amid rumours of suspected poaching by the BJP.

“There is no need for us to do this, our MLAs are firm in their resolve and committed to the party. Those who are spreading such rumours should worry about their MLAs first,” he said.

Cong-NCP to Jointly Decide on Supporting Sena

Congress leader Ashok Chavan said any decision regarding supporting a Shiv Sena- led government in Maharashtra will have to be taken jointly by his party and its ally NCP.

Talking to reporters, the former Maharashtra Chief Minister said unless the Congress and the NCP jointly agree on an alternative, there will be no forward movement on the issue.

Uddhav Thackeray Hasn't Received Any Proposal from BJP Yet: Raut

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray hasn't received any proposal from the BJP over government formation in Maharashtra, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said here on Wednesday.

“We met the Governor. Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale also met him. And if BJP leaders are meeting the Governor (to stake claim to form the government), then they should form the government as they are the single largest party,” he said.

“We have been saying that the BJP being the single largest party, should form the government,” he said.

Uddhav Thackeray hasn't received any proposal from BJP, he said.

Amid Tussle, Sena Ministers Attend BJP Meet Over Farmers’ Crisis

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded that the Maharashtra government announce an immediate assistance of Rs 25,000 per hectare to farmers for crop losses due to unseasonal rains, and said “caretaker” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed to it.

Amid the tussle over formation of new government in Maharashtra, six Shiv Sena ministers attended a meeting over agrarian crisis in the state, called by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

BJP, Sena Should Form Govt As Soon as Possible: Sharad Pawar

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, while addressing a press conference, said that he thinks the BJP and Shiv Sena should listen to the mandate of the people and form the government in Maharashtra as soon as possible.

"“Our mandate is to play the role of Opposition.”" - Sharad Pawar, NCP Chief

Pawar further said that there is no question of an NCP-Shiv Sena alliance, since BJP-Shiv Sena have been together for last 25 years. “There is only one option, which is that the BJP and Shiv Sena should form the government. There is no other option other than this to avoid President's rule,” Pawar said.

"“Today or tomorrow they will come together again.”" - Sharad Pawar, NCP Chief

Amid Standoff With BJP, Sena's Raut Meets Pawar Again

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who met NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday, 6 November, said that the latter was “worried” about the political situation in Maharashtra.

"“He is a senior leader of the state and the country. He is worried about the political situation in Maharashtra today. We had a brief discussion.”" - Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena Leader

BJP, Sena Had Consensus Before Polls on CM's Post: Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed there was a "consensus" between the BJP and his party before the Maharashtra Assembly elections on sharing the chief minister's post.

Amid the stalemate continuing over government formation in the state, Raut told reporters here that no fresh proposal has been received from the BJP or sent to it.

He claimed farmers and the working class want a Shiv Sena chief minister and have hopes and expectations from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

To a question on when there would be a consensus on the chief minister's post, the Rajya Sabha member said, "There was a consensus on the post before elections." Ruling out any new proposal for government formation, Raut reiterated that the Shiv Sena expects implementation of what was decided and agreed upon before the elections.

BJP Ready to Discuss CM’s Post, Declares Sena

The Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece on Wednesday, 6 November, declared that the party was ready to talk about sharing the chief minister’s portfolio with their pre-alliance partner BJP.

Not Ready to Discuss Sharing of CM's Post: BJP Leader

BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Tuesday said the party was not ready to discuss sharing of the Maharashtra chief minister's post with the ally Shiv Sena, and Devendra Fadnavis will become the next CM.

Mahajan, a senior minister in the outgoing state cabinet, also rejected the Sena's demand of a `written assurance' before talks for government formation started.

Cong-NCP Delegation Meets Governor

A delegation of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders has arrived at the Raj Bhavan to meet Maharashtra Governor.

You Will Get News of Govt Formation Anytime: Sudhir Mungantiwar

Following a meeting of BJP’s senior leaders, Sudhir Mungantiwar of the BJP said that the news of government formation can be expected ‘any time’.

“We had a comprehensive discussion, we will wait for Shiv Sena but the government will be ours only. There is no if and but here, you will get the news anytime that we are forming the government,” he said.

Chandrakant Patil said that BJP's doors are always open for Shiv Sena.

Gadkari Will Resolve Situation in Two Hours: Shiv Sena Leader

Speaking to the media, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari on Tuesday said he has written a letter to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat to send Nitin Gadkari for negotiations.

"Nitin Gadkari will be able to resolve the situation within two hours," he said.

Congress-NCP Delegation To Meet Maharashtra Governor

A delegation of NCP and Congress leaders are set to meet the state governor on Tuesday, 5 November, to discuss the current political situation and the agriculture crisis in the state.

The delegation includes Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil, former CM Prithviraj Chavan and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat.

In the Changing Face of Politics, Next CM From Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday, 5 November, said that Maharashtra's next CM would be from the Shiv Sena, as the face of both politics and Maharashtra were changing.

“What you call 'hungama' (commotion), is not 'hungama', but the fight for justice and rights. Victory will be ours,” he said.

Cong Chief Sonia Gandhi Rules Out Support to Sena

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has ruled out any support to Shiv Sena for a new power alignment in Maharashtra, sources told NDTV.

Earlier in the day, she met NCP’s Sharad Pawar at her residence in Delhi.

Ball in Shiv Sena's Court on Govt Formation in Maharashtra: BJP Sources

As the suspense over government formation in Maharashtra continued, BJP sources said that the party would wait and watch how the situation pans out in the next few days as the ball was now in its ally Shiv Sena's court.

BJP leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who held a series of meeting with the party's national leaders, including president Amit Shah, in the national capital, said that the government needed to be formed at the earliest while expressing confidence that it would be formed, reported PTI.

Maha Court Issues Notice to Fadnavis in Poll Affidavit Case

A Nagpur court has issued notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on a plea alleging non-disclosure of two criminal cases by him in an election affidavit.

The development came after the Supreme Court, on 1 October, directed the magistrate's court to go ahead with the application filed by city-based lawyer Satish Uke seeking initiation of criminal proceedings against Fadnavis in the matter.

The magistrate's court said the case would be held as a summary criminal case, and issued notice to Fadnavis.

“Process (notice) is issued against accused (Fadnavis) for offence punishable under section 125A of Representation of People Act, 1951,” said magistrate SD Mehta said in the order, reported PTI.

'Uddhav Thackeray Has Not Sought NCP's Support': Sharad Pawar

After meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar said, “BJP is responsible for forming the government in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena’s chief Uddhav Thackeray has not sought NCP’s support.”

Pawar added, “Mandate to NCP has been given by people to sit in opposition but you cannot speak about future,” reported PTI.

Regarding his meet with Gandhi, he said, “I met with Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today. I briefed her on the political situation in Maharashtra.” reported ANI.

Fadnavis Leaves After Meeting Gadkari

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has left after meeting Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at latter's residence, reported ANI.

Sharad Pawar Arrives at Sonia Gandhi's Delhi Residence

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has arrived at Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi.

Earlier, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut met Maharashtra’s Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

‘No Compromise on CM Post’, Says BJP as Sena’s Raut Meets Maha Guv

“We are waiting and watching. Our doors are open to discussions with Shiv Sena. There will be no compromise on the Chief Minister post. We are open to distribution of ministerial portfolios,” said BJP sources, reported ANI.

The comment comes as Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Raut and Ramdas Kadam arrived at Raj Bhawan to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in Mumbai in order to urge him to invite the single-largest party to form the government.

Marathi Publication Likens Raut to 'Betaal'

Amid the stalemate over the government formation in Maharashtra, a Marathi daily, inclined towards the RSS, likened Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to a clown and 'Betaal', the mythological ghost who challenged King Vikramaditya with his witty riddles.

Coming down heavily on Raut, Tarun Bharat, the Nagpur-based publication believed to be close to the Sangh and its political extension, the BJP, said he was hurting the chances of BJP-Sena alliance to come to power in Maharashtra.

Without naming Raut, it called him a “clown” and said “his attempt to portray a picture that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is isolated in the BJP is nothing but pure entertainment,” reported PTI.

BJP Leaders in Favour of Re-Election in Maharashtra: Minister

With the Shiv Sena holding firm on its demand of sharing the chief minister's post in the next Maharashtra government, BJP minister Jaykumar Rawal said that some of his party leaders are willing for a re-election in the state.

The BJP leaders expressed this view during a review meeting held in Dhule district on Sunday, the state Tourism and FDA Minister told a television channel.

“The party workers said senior leaders of the BJP should not have forged an alliance (with the Sena)... Give us a chance again, we will contest again and win this time,” said Rawal, who is considered close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, reported PTI.

New Govt Will be Formed Soon: Fadnavis After Meeting Amit Shah

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Monday 4 November met with Home Minister Amit Shah, amid the ongoing power struggle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over the Maharashtra government formation.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Fadnavis said that he wouldn’t like to comment on anything, except the fact that the new government will be formed soon.

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis Arrives in Delhi, to Meet Home Min Amit Shah

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrived in New Delhi on Monday, 4 November, to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah to seek more assistance from Central Government for farmers affected due to unseasonal rain in Maharashtra.

Sanjay Raut to Meet Maha Guv as Standoff on Govt Formation Continues

Amid the ongoing tussle over government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said his scheduled meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday evening will be a "courtesy call" with no political motive.

Raut said the governor was like the state's guardian and therefore, he would meet him to talk on various issues.

People Will Know Soon If Sena Will Be in Power, Says Uddhav Thackeray

Amid the bitter tussle with senior ally BJP over the formation of government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday. 3 November said people will come to know in the coming days if his party will be in power, PTI reported.

He also said that the Rs 10,000 crore package announced by the Maharashtra government for crop damages suffered by farmers due to unseasonal rains was not enough.

He also visited Aurangabad to take stock of crop losses due to the untimely rains last month. “Review of damages cannot be done from a helicopter,” he said, in an apparent jibe at the state leadership, the news agency reported.

Shiv Sena to Request Guv to Invite Single Largest Party to Form Govt on 4 Nov

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut along with other senior party leaders are set to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday, 4 November, according to the Office of Maharashtra Governor.

Shiv Sena will request the Governor to invite the single largest party to form government in Maharashtra, according to ANI.

'Criminals, Govt Agencies Being Used to Get MLA's Support': Raut

Amid the impasse over government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday alleged that criminal elements and government agencies were being used to coerce newly-elected MLAs for support, PTI reported.

Raut also said talks between the two parties would only take place on the chief minister's post and if that doesn't happen, "we will have a CM from the Shiv Sena".

Raut claimed his party would get the support of "more than 170 MLAs".

Sanjay Raut Likens Maharashtra Row to Chariot Stuck in Mud of 'Arrogance'

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday, 3 November, said the political impasse over formation of new government in Maharashtra was like a "chariot stuck in the mud of arrogance," PTI reported.

In his weekly column in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', Raut dared the BJP to impose President's rule in the state, saying such a step would be the party's "biggest defeat of the century".

Sanjay Raut Again Stresses on Sena's Claim on CM Post

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Saturday that his party's demand for Maharashtra chief minister's post was valid, and the basis for power sharing with the BJP must be the pre-poll agreement and not the number of seats won, reported PTI.

Raut, executive editor of the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, has been the most vocal among Sena leaders in pressing his party's claim on the top post.

Raj Thackeray Meets Sharad Pawar in Mumbai

Amid the tussle between BJP and Shiv Sena over government formation in Maharashtra, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met his NCP counterpart Sharad Pawar at the latter’s residence in Mumbai on Saturday.

Cong-NCP Should Form Govt With Shiv Sena: Hussain Dalwai to Sonia Gandhi

In a letter to party President Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Hussain Dalwai has said Congress-NCP should be open to forming government with Shiv Sena.

"As BJP-Shiv Sena are struggling to come together to form a govt, sections of supporters of Congress are of opinion that Congress- NCP should be open to prospect of forming govt with Shiv Sena," he said.

"In the run-up to assembly elections, many of our MLAs and other political leaders were poached by BJP, if they are able to form government, they will again start doing this. But if we are able to form government with Shiv Sena, this can be prevented and we will be able to solidify our base," he also wrote.

CM Should Be from BJP: Ramdas Athawle

Speaking to the media, Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said that the chief minister in Maharashtra should be from BJP.

Shiv Sena Minister Skips Cabinet Meeting

Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde skips Cabinet sub committee's meeting on rain-affected crops at CM Fadnavis' residence.

Sharad Pawar to Meet Sonia Gandhi

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar is expected to leave for Delhi on Sunday and meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday amid the impasse in Maharashtra over government formation.

Will Soon Drop Wait and Watch Mode: Sanjay Raut

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut warned the BJP that the party will soon drop its "wait and watch mode".

People Have Asked NCP Sit in the Opposition, Party Will Do So: Pawar

The people have asked the NCP to sit in the opposition and the party will do that, its chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday.

Pawar’s comments come amid talk about the possibility of NDA constituent Shiv Sena forming government in Maharashtra with support from the NCP and the Congress.

Speaking to reporters in Nashik, he also termed as “childish” the tussle between the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena over sharing of the chief minister's post.

Asked about the possibility of the Shiv Sena forming government with the support of the NCP and the Congress, Pawar said there was no discussion in his party in this regard.

“We do not have a clear majority. People have asked us to sit in the opposition. We accept that mandate and will take care that we play that role effectively,” he said.

'Is the President in Your Pocket,' Shiv Sena Hits Out at Ally BJP

In an editorial for its mouthpiece Saamna, Shiv Sena hit out at the BJP and said that the BJP could stake the claim to form the government if it was in a hurry.

Alluding to the raids on Opposition leaders, the party also said that after ‘misusing’ the investigating agencies, BJP is now trying to misuse the president.

Maharashtra Congress Leaders Meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi

Maharashtra Congress leaders arrive at 10 Janpath to meet Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi.

Have Got The Mandate to Sit in Opposition, Says State Cong Prez

Maharashtra Congress President Bala Saheb Thorat said that his party has got the mandate to sit in the Opposition and are seeing things unfold in the state.

"Congress will ally with Shiv Sena: We don’t have that strategy, we are just seeing the things unfold. We have got the mandate to sit in Opposition. They are fighting just to get a bigger share in government. " - Bala Saheb Thorat, Maharashtra Congress President

We Are Watching The Situation & Will Take a Decision at the Right Time: Ashok Chavan

The Maharashtra Congress delegation had a meeting with the senior party leader, KC Venugopal on Friday, 1 November. Congress leader Ashok Chavan after the meeting said that the BJP has failed to keep its promises to its allies which has led to the political crisis in Maharashtra today, ANI reported.

"“We are waiting and watching the situation, and we will take a decision at the right time.”" - Ashok Chavan, Congress Leader 

Prez Rule in Maharashtra If No Govt in Place by 7 Nov: Mungantiwar

Maharashtra may head for President's rule if the new government in the state is not in place by 7 November, Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Friday, 1 November, according to PTI.

His comments came as there appeared no headway in government formation eight days after the Assembly election results.

The tenure of the existing Legislative Assembly ends on 8 November.

He told a TV channel that the delay in talks between BJP and Sena was due to the Diwali festival, adding parleys will start in a day or two.

"People of Maharashtra have given mandate not to any party but to the Mahayuti (alliance comprising BJP, Shiv Sena and other parties)," he said.

NCP, Congress Will Sit in Opposition: Ajit Pawar

NCP leader Ajit Pawar has said his party and ally Congress will sit in the Opposition even as the ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena remain engaged in tussle over government formation in Maharashtra.

Pawar said the people of the state have asked his party to sit in the Opposition, as reflected in the election results, and it will do the same.

"The taunting going on between the BJP and the Shiv Sena is completely their concern. I have no reason to make any statement in that regard...The people have asked the Congress, NCP and allies to sit in the opposition. We will work accordingly," Ajit Pawar told reporters.

Will Try to Form Govt if BJP-Shiv Sena Fail: NCP Leader Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik on Friday said that the party would try to form a government in the event that BJP-Shiv Sena failed to form a government and prove their majority.

“BJP-Shiv-Sena have got the people's mandate to form a stable government in Maharashtra. We want them to form government and prove majority on the floor of the House. If they are not able to prove majority, then, we will certainly try to form government,” Malik said, according to ANI.

People of Maharashtra Want CM From Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday, 1 November said that there had been no talks between the BJP and Shiv Sena on the topic of government formation so far.

Calling the BJP “big people”, Raut added that Shiv Sena would not issue an ultimatum to them, according to PTI.

Raut also said that people of Maharashtra wanted a CM from Shiv Sena, adding that the party would be able to get the numbers to form a stable government if it wanted.

“If Shiv Sena decides, it'll get the required numbers to form stable government in the state. People have given mandate to form government on basis of 50-50 formula that was reached in front of people of Maharashtra. They want Chief Minister from Shiv Sena,” Raut said, according to ANI.

Sena's Sanjay Raut Meets Sharad Pawar

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at his residence on 31 October.

Raut said he came to wish Pawar on the occasion of Diwali and that they also discussed the politics in Maharashtra.

'Urged Maharashtra Guv to Compensate Farmers,' Says Aaditya Thackeray

Following his meet with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said that he urged him to compensate the distressed farmers of the state.

"Party MLAs told the Maharashtra governor that farmers in the state who suffered loses due to rain and storms should be compensated," said Thackeray.

"I will not talk about government formation. Uddhav ji will say whatever needs to be said on that... his word is final," Aaditya Thackeray said, reported NDTV.

Shiv Sena Delegation Meet Maharashtra Governor

Shiv Sena delegation including Aaditya Thackeray, Ramdas Kadam, Eknath Shinde met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan.

Aaditya, Sena Leaders to Meet Governor at 6:15 pm

Shiv Sena leaders including Aditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde, Diwakar Raote and Subhash Desai will meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today at 6:15 pm.

Party leaders meet Uddhav Thackeray at the meeting with MLAs.

Eknath Shinde Elected Leader of House for Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Thursday, 31 October elected Eknath Shinde as their Legislature Party leader, and announced their slated meeting with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari later in the day. Sunil Prabhu appointed chief whip of the party.

'Want One CM for Five Years': Ramdas Athawale

President of the Republican Party of India and the Union Minister Ramdas Athawale extended support to the BJP and said that his party wants one chief minister for the next five years.

“The 'mahayuti' (BJP-Shiv Sena alliance) has got a clear majority. Yesterday Devendra Fadnavis was elected BJP legislative leader. We have decided to support his name for chief minister as he is the only front runner for us,” he said.

“We want one chief minister who continues for the entire five-year term,” he added.

Shiv Sena Hasn't Softened Stand, Stresses Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut refutes reports of the party “softening” its stand on the issue of a 50-50 power share tussle with ally BJP.

“We will not step back from our stand. If anyone has gone back on their promise, it is our ally. We will continue to move forward with our demand,” he said.

Congress' Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan Meet Sharad Pawar

Congress leaders Ashok Chvan and Prithviraj Chavan along with Balasaheb Thorat meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar meet to plan the future strategy of the Opposition alliance.

Uddhav to Meet Elected MLAs in Mumbai

Party chief Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya Thackeray on will meet the newly elected MLAs of the party and elected members of smaller parties and independents supporting the Sena in Mumbai at 12 pm.

No Question of Supporting Sena for Govt Formation: Congress

The Congress on Wednesday ruled out any possibility of aligning with the Shiv Sena in forming the next government in Maharashtra.

Interestingly, former chief minister and senior leader Prithviraj Chavan had said that the Congress will "consider" any "concrete" proposal on government formation from the Sena.

Talking to reporters, AICC general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Wednesday said there was no question of aligning with the Sena in government formation, reported PTI. "The mandate for the Congress is to function as an opposition party," he said.

Necessary for Shiv Sena to Stay in BJP-Led Alliance: Raut

In an apparent softening of stand, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said it is necessary for the party to stay in the BJP-led alliance in the larger interest of Maharashtra, but without compromising on "respect".

He said there was no hurry to form the next government and rejected speculation that the Shiv Sena may split if there was a delay in formation of the new Council of Ministers.

Ajit Pawar Elected NCP Legislature Party Leader

Ajit Pawar has been elected as the legislature party leader of the Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra, in the presence of Sharad Pawar. Maharashtra NCP President Jayant Patil said that Ajit Pawar was elected unanimously.

Confident That Fadnavis Will be CM for Next 5 Yrs: BJP's Chandrakant Patil

During the Maharashtra BJP legislature party meet, state party President Chandrakant Patil said he is confident that Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM for the next five years.

“After 1999, no party has got more than 70 seats in Maharashtra. BJP is the first party that has got more than 100 seats two times,” Patil added, amid the power sharing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over government formation.

Fadnavis Elected as Leader of Maharashtra BJP Legislative Party

Devendra Fadnavis has been elected as the leader of the Maharashtra BJP legislative party.

“This mandate is surely for mahayuti (BJP-Shiv Sena alliance) as we sought votes for mahayuti. People also voted for it. So there should be not doubt. It will be a mahayuti government,” Fadnavis said on Wednesday.

Maharashtra BJP Legislative Party Meeting in Mumbai Underway

A Maharashtra BJP Legislature Party meeting in Mumbai is underway to elect its new leader. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party, amid demand by ally Shiv Sena for the top post on rotational basis.

Fadnavis, who is currently the leader of the House, had asserted on Tuesday that he will be the chief minister for another five years.

Urgent Meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs on 31 October

An urgent meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs has been called on 31 October at 12 noon, which will be held at the party headquarters in Mumbai.

'People's Mandate is For Us to Sit in the Opposition': Praful Patel

Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Wednesday, 30 October, said, “The people's mandate is for us to sit in the Opposition. If the situation changes, then we will see,” according to ANI.

NCP Cartoon Takes Potshots at BJP-Sena Tussle

Amid bickering between the BJP and Shiv Sena over sharing of power in the next Maharashtra government, an NCP leader has come out with a cartoon taking a dig at the current state of affairs between the two ruling parties.

In the cartoon, released by NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto on Tuesday, the Shiv Sena's poll symbol 'bow and arrow' is seen hanging over the BJP's symbol 'lotus'.

The arrow is directed at the lotus in the cartoon.

"There is a saying, hanging over the head...," the cartoon caption reads in Marathi.

In Marathi, there is a saying "dokyavarati tangati talwar", which is equivalent to the English phrase - 'sword of Damocles hangs over head', implying that something bad is in the offing or one is faced with a threat.

Chandrapur Independent MLA Extends Support to Fadnavis

Independent MLA from Chandrapur Assembly Constituency Kishor Jorgewar met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and extended his support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), today.

Kolhapur MLA Extends support to BJP, Meets Fadnavis

Jan Surajya Shakti party leader and Shahuwadi MLA Vinay Kore from Kolhapur has extended his support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday.

Shiv Sena Cancels BJP Meet as Fadnavis Denies Knowledge of CM Post Sharing

Hours after Devendra Fadnavis denied that the Shiv Sena was assured post of the CM as part of a power-sharing "formula", Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, 29 October, cancelled his party's meeting with the BJP on formation of the next government.

The development might potentially worsen the already-strained relationship between the two parties.

A senior Sena leader told PTI that the meet, scheduled to be held here at 4 pm, was cancelled by Thackeray after the CM's statement on sharing of power.

The meeting was to be attended by Union minister Prakash Javadekar and senior Sena leaders.

I Think We Need to Change the Definition of Truth: Sanjay Raut Slams Fadnavis

Slamming CM Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “If he is saying that the '50-50 formula' was never discussed, then I think we need to change the definition of truth. What was discussed, regarding the issue the CM is talking about, is known by all. The media was there.”

Sena Hits Back with CM's 'Role-Sharing' Clip

On a day when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis denied the BJP ever promising to share the chief minister's post with ally Shiv Sena, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party came up with an old video of the CM in which he purportedly talked about equal sharing of posts and responsibilities in the state government.

Seeking to rebut the CM's claims, the Sena has released a video clip on social media of his press conference dated 18 February this year.

The clip with a caption "Jara Yaad karo Jabani" (Remember the assurance) was put out by Harshal Pradhan, a close aide of Uddhav Thackeray.

"We have decided equal sharing of posts and responsibilities once we come to power again," Fadnavis is quoted as saying in Marathi at the presser to announce tie-up for (Lok Sabha) elections.

BJP's Prasad Lad Pays 'Courtesy Visit' to Uddhav Thackeray

BJP leader Prasad Lad paid a “courtesy visit” to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, reported ANI.

'No Knowledge of Discussion of Rotational CM Between Amit Shah, Uddhav': Fadnavis

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that he has no knowledge of any discussion of a rotational chief minister since the negotiations before the Lok Sabha polls happened only between Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray.

“At the time of Lok Sabha polls, Shiv Sena had put forward a proposal for rotational chief minister for 2.5 years but no decision was taken on it in front of me. Any discussion on it was between Amit Shah Ji and Uddhav Ji is known only to them and only they can decide on it,” Fadnavis said.

45 MLAs in Touch with Fadnavis, Will Convince Uddhav: BJP MP

BJP MP from Maharashtra Sanjay Kakde told ANI that 45 newly elected Sena MLAs are in touch with Devendra Fadnavis and will convince Uddhav Thackeray to form alliance with the BJP.

“Fourty five newly elected MLAs in Shiv Sena are in touch with Chief Minister and want alliance government to be formed. I think few of these 45 MLAs will convince Uddhav Thackeray and form government with Devendra Fadnavis as CM. I don't think there is any other option,” he said.

‘No Decision by Amit Shah on CM Post Going to Shiv Sena’: Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that no formula has been decided yet on giving the CM post to Shiv Sena.

“Our party president has confirmed that nothing has been decided on CM post going to Shiv Sena. No formula is decided yet,” he said.

“I assure that this will be a BJP led government,” he added, as quoted by ANI.

'No Dushyant Here Whose Father is in Jail': Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday, 29 October quipped, in an attack on the BJP and its alliance partner JJP’s Dushyant Chautala in Haryana, “There is no Dushyant here whose father is in jail.”

"“Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that we have other options too but we don’t want to commit the sin of accepting that alternative. Shiv Sena has always done politics of truth, we are not hungry for power.”" - Sanjay Raut, MP, Shiv Sena

“There is no Dushyant here whose father is in jail. Here, it's us who do politics of 'dharma and satya', Sharad ji who created an environment against BJP and Congress will never go with BJP,” he added.

'Will Form Government Comfortably': BJP

The BJP in Maharashtra on Monday said it has the support of 15 Independent MLAs and asserted the party will “comfortably” form the next government taking the Shiv Sena along with it.

Besides its own 105 MLAs, the BJP has the support of 15 Independent MLAs, claimed party spokesperson Shweta Shalini.

“There were some BJP (ticket) aspirants who got elected as independent MLAs. They have extended their support to the BJP,” she told PTI.

“I believe the BJP will form the next government comfortably taking the Shiv Sena along,” Shalini said.

NCP-Backed MLA Extends Support to Sena

Shankarrao Gadakh, an NCP-backed Independent MLA in Maharashtra, on Monday offered support to the Shiv Sena, which is pushing for an equal share in power with ally BJP in the next government.

The MLA from Nevasa in Ahmedanagar district made the announcement after meeting Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence.

Gadakh's father Yashwantrao was a former NCP leader.

“I represent a rural area where problems are more complicated. If I have to solve people's issues, it is better to stay with the party which is going to form the government. Hence, I visited Mumbai today and extended support to the Sena,” he said.

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